Tomorrow is Mardi Gras. Here is a link to art, music and poetry inspired by the festival preceding Lent, which is also “Pancake Day,” as the great Victorian poet Christina Rossetti reminds.
For many Catholics, the special significance of the day before Ash Wednesday is overlooked, except for the Mardi Gras celebrations enjoyed by some. But Shrove Tuesday is much more than just a famous party in New Orleans. Shrove actually means “to obtain absolution.” There are wonderful ways, both divine and delicious, to faithfully celebrate this day, deepening its significance through ancient tradition. Choose which ones suit you best this year.